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January 30, 1970 - Image 48

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1970-01-30

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Israeli Jets Fly Near Cairo, Raid 2 Suburbs

(From JTA and Related Wire Services)

CAIRO — Four Israeli warplanes
raided two of Cairo's suburbs
Wednesday, hitting three buildings,
killing three persons and injuring
12 others, a military spokesman
was quoted by United Press Inter-
It was the closest raid to Cairo
since the Six-Day War. Beginning
10 a.m. the Israeli warplanes
launched raids against what Tel
Aviv described as military bases
at El Maadin, six miles south of
Cairo and Dahshur, 18 miles South
of the city.
The El Maadin raids, closest to
Cairo since 1967, sent waves of
Israeli jets over Cairo itself, draw-
ing fire throughout the 15-minute

resistance to the Israeli jets in

a series of Cairo area raids that

began Jan. 7.
U P I correspondent Raymond

Wilkinson reported from Cairo that
power went off in the city for a few
minutes but was later restored.
The cause of the power failure
was not immediately determined.
The raid against El Maadin was
interpreted as another Israeli ef-
fort to demonstrate to the capital's
residents the ineffectiveness of the
Egyptian air force.
Not once in the past two weeks
of Cairo area raids, have Egyptian
warplanes risen to challenge the
El Maadin lies just north of Hel-
wan, the sprawling Egyptian mili-
raid from antiaircraft batteries and tary and communications complex
machine guns downtown.
that has been bracketed by Israeli
Some witnesses said two of the bombs but never itself hit in the
planes were shot down. Israel said latest series of strikes.
all escaped safely.
Wednesday's second Israeli tar-
Shoppers and businessmen in the get, 18 miles south of Cairo at
downtown section were momen- Dahshur was the first target hit
tarily stunned by the burst of anti- with the raids into Egypt's Nile
aircraft fire but then went about Delta heartland that began Jan. 7.
their business as if nothing was
These raids were the first into
Egypt's military and industrial
The ground gunners blazed complex since the Six-Day War
away, sending streams of tracer when the Israeli air force raided
bullets into the sky in their first a series of airfields around the

Egyptian capital.
Israel Air Force jets scored

hits on a 120-ton Egyptian navy
auxiliary vessel southeast of
Shadwan island in the Gulf of
Suez Sunday morning. The craft,
which is used as a troop and
supply carrier, went out of con-
trol and grounded on a reef. An
Israeli military spokesman said
anti-aircraft gunners aboard the
Egyptian vessel opened fire on
the Israeli planes prior to being

Last Friday night, Israeli forces
ended their 32-hour occupation of
Shadwan after removing all port-
able equipment including an entire
British-built Decca radar station
and large quantities of arms, am-
munition and other military hard-
ware. What could not be moved
was demolished before the Israeli
flag was finally hauled down from

priority was peace and its second form of complaints to the Security
was Egyptian adherence to the Council.
This time, the Egyptian version
cease fire. But the Egyptians want
of the episode was put out to the
neither, he said.
directly. The Egyptian re-
Instead, President Gamal Ab-
del Nasser has declared a war port asserted the island was unin-
of attrition against Israel and habited and housed "a lighthouse
Israel's response is to conduct and an old British-made radar sta-
its own version of such a war tion for the guidance of shipping."
According to the Egyptian ver-
"to make things easier for us
and more difficult for them," the sion, the Israelis failed both Thurs-
day and Friday despite heavy
Israeli defense minister said.
Ambassador Michael C o m a y, numerical superiority "to gain con-
over the island." The release
political adviser to
ter Golda Meir on UN affairs had said similar actions could be ex-
"in battles the aim of which
a meeting with UN Secretary Gen-
erol U Thant. The meeting follow- is to demoralize the people of the
ed one earlier in the day between UAR and bring them to submis-
Thant and Ambassador Zayet, the sion."
Israeli security forces reported
head of the Egyptian delegation.
The Egyptian delegation took an Tuesday that they uncovered an
unprecedented action in distri- Arab sabotage ring in the process
buting a press statement reporting of formation at Beth Zuriff village
that Egyptian forces bad "repell- in the Hebron region. According
ed" an Israeli attempt on Shadwan to the reports, the gang was plan-
Island. Usually, the Egyptians re- ning sabotage operations in Jeru-

the lighthouse tower at the north-
ern end of the island.
The lighthouse itself was not port Israeli "aggressions" in the salem.
touched because its beacon is an
aid to navigation. Israeli sources
estimate that a total of 70 Egyp-
tians were killed in the Shadwan
operation which began early Thurs-
day morning, and 60 prisoners
were taken.
The dead included the crews of

two Soviet-made Egyptian torpedo
boats sunk by Israeli aircraft off
Shadwan on Thursday. A foreign
correspondent selected to visit the
island on behalf of a pool of for-
eign journalists reported that the
Israeli evacuation went smoothly
and there were no signs of any
Egyptians on the island, in the
air or on the sea. His report re-
futed claims by Cairo that Egyp-
tian forces had driven the Israelis
off Shadwan.
Israel Defense Minister Moshe
Dayan said on a radio interview
Saturday that "all of Egypt is a
battlefield." He said Israel was
not interested in conquering more
territory but "as far as military
objectives are concerned, there
are no limitations."
Gen. Dayan said that Israel's
policy of striking targets anywhere
in Egypt was aimed at halting or
at least diminishing Egypt's prepa-
rations for anew war against Is-
rael. He described it as a "static"
policy with strategic objectives.
Gen. Dayan said Israel's first

Upper left photo shows the
lighthouse near the Egyptian

island of Shadwan after the
island was seized by Israeli air-
borne troops Jan. 22.
Under it, Israeli paratroopers
are shown near the lighthouse
on Shadwan Island.
On the right, the top map
locates the 20-square-mile Red
Sea island fortress of Shadwan
after its invasion by Israel's
paratroopers. The lower map
shows the Jordanian area that
was invaded by Israel with
tanks and troops in the longest
Israel-Jordan battle since the
Six-Day War.

U.S. Flag Over Capitol Building Marks Bar Mitzva Celebration


' the flag that flew over the Capitol

on the very day and hour the youth
WASHINGTON — The U.S. flag read from the Torah at Washing-
has been flown over the Capitol ton's Adas Israel synagogue.
The government responded sym-
building to denote a bar mitzva—a
pathetically when officials learned
new "first" in American history.
This came about when Mr. and the reason for the unique request.
Mrs. I. Lee Potter, of Arlington, Potter presented the flag to Steven
Va., a Christian couple, attended a Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert
bar mitzva for the first time. They H. Smith of Bethesda, Md. Smith
were deeply moved by the COMMIE- is the 1970 chairman of the Greater
ment of a young man to Judaism. Washington Committee for State of
They saw in the ceremony an etc- Israel Bonds. He is a son of Charles
went of hope for America's youth. E. Smith, a former president of
When the Potters tried to select the local Jewish community center.
A congressional certificate was
a suitable gift they decided that
issued to authenticate the facts.
the customary neckties and foun-
It is not every Bar Mitzva that is
tain pens were somehow too ordi-
honored by a flag from such a
nary. As an appropriate symbol of
their esteem they decided to seek historic site. Old Glory waved

(Copyright 1970, JTA, Inc.)

48—Friday, January 30, 1970

there for the inaugurations of steps of the U.S. Capitol not to
Presidents; it was displayed at burn the American flag but to re-

half-staff as the Capitol mour- ceive a flag as a cherished gift."
ed such leaders as Lincoln,
Rep. Broyhill said the flag given
Roosevelt, Kennedy and Eisen- Steven Smith was "a very unique
hower who lay in state beneath. and special one." He said he want-
ed to share his pleasure over this
Addressing the House of Repre- event with all members of Con-
sentatives, Rep. Joel T. Broyhill, gress. He was happy that "a U.S.
Virginia Republican, said the tri- flag has flown from the Capitol
bute to the Jewish concept of Bar building to denote a Bar Mitzva for
Mitzva was "an event to warm the the first time in the history of the
heart and provide a bright ray of nation."
hope for the future of our nation."
"Americans like the Potters and
The congressman said: "We are
painfully aware of how many teen- the Smiths, especially young Stev-
give me great hope for the New
agers and young people are shirk-
ing their heritage and even burning Year and the future," said the
our flag. It is therefore a source of congressman.
Mr. and Mrs. Potter, in a beau-
tremendous reassurance to know
tiful letter to Steven, said that he
that one young teen-ager, only 13,
was "experiencing a Bar Mitzva
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS quite recently came to the very

at a time when many young pea
pie are seemingly evading re-


by copping

their commitments.

out from

They saw "great wisdom and
strength of character in the ancient
Jewish ceremony. It is this forti-
tude that has built the great Jewish
heritage that dates back over 5,000
years. It is this sense of involve-
ment that has made Judaism such
a vital component of American-

It was the Potters' wish "that
this historic flag will communicate
to you the extent of our feelings
and the conviction of how import-
ant a young man like yourself is to
the future of our nation."
The Potters' letter was inserted

into the Congressional Record.

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